Best Football Program 2014

Final Round Results

Congrats to Ocean Lakes HS!


School Votes
Ocean Lakes 247,097
Randolph 235,817
Derby 192,063
Metamora Township 117,391
Omaha North 55,391
Katy 44,317
Whitehaven 39,012
Oscar Smith 36,556
Totino-Grace 11,201
Lake Oswego 10,619


After reviewing the patterns associated with votes cast for Oscar Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports will discard 142,000 votes from the school’s total under the rules that prevent automated voting.

From the official rules, “Sponsor will disregard or disqualify multiple votes submitted by means of software generated or other automated processes … or votes of any voters who are tampering or impairing the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the contest.”

We have been in contact with officials at Oscar Smith to alert them of this decision.

The contest will continue through its regularly scheduled end, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. ET.

The final round voting is underway!  The final round will end Dec. 10 at 2 pm ET.    


Region Winner Votes
Region 1 Randolph 38323
Region 2 Ocean Lakes 102384
Region 3 Whitehaven 117127
Region 4 Metamora Township 65547
Region 5 Derby 96870
Region 6 Totino-Grace 27426
Region 7 Katy 41097
Region 8 Lake Oswego 9734
Wildcard Oscar Smith 90525
Wildcard Omaha North 93113



AL T.R. Miller 3,152
AK Soldotna 112
AZ Chandler 14,139
AR El Dorado 7094
CA Mater Dei 2770
CO Cherry Creek 1968
CT St. Joseph 1089
DE William Penn 5145
DC Friendship Collegiate Academy 1282
FL Manatee 6069
GA Valdosta 132256
HI Kahuku 3113
ID Eagle 987
IL Metamora Township 37649
IN Bishop Luers 31440
IA Dowling Catholic 22658
KS Derby 134730
KY Mayfield 24914
LA West Monroe 12359
ME Thornton Academy 18932
MD Sherwood 4743
MA St. John's Prep 4260
MI Ithaca 20713
MN Totino Grace 40733
MS South Panola 2617
MO Maryville 38005
MT Billings Central Catholic 15210
NE Omaha North 45256
NV Bishop Gorman 8185
NH Bedford 1116
NJ Bergen Catholic 28667
NM Artesia 16646
NY Randolph 25643
NC Richmond Sr 26019
ND Velva Public 3312
OH Newark Catholic 1667
OK Clinton HS 23939
OR Lake Oswego HS 5735
PA Southern Columbia 16479
RI Mt. Pleasant 1620
SC Greenwood HS 22489
SD Washington HS 47723
TN Whitehaven 16609
TX Katy 34182
UT Timpview 3850
VT Woodstock 10396
VA Ocean Lakes 75704
WA Bothell 1150
WV Wheeling Central Catholic  100
WI Kimberly 27297
WY Natrona County 25203
KS Olathe North 30593
MN Hutchinson 29488
NE McCook 28632
VA Oscar Smith 67696
IN Bishop Chatard 26108


About the Best Football Program Contest:

Who has the best football program in the country?  USA TODAY High School Sports is giving the fans the opportunity to decide.  The next installment of the “Best Of” contest series will be the 2014 Best Football Program.  Each state, as well as Washington D.C., will have five representative schools.The contest will start with 255 schools, with the overall strength of all the individual football programs as the criteria for inclusion.


  • On-field success (all levels)
  • Coaching/Player Development 
  • Fans/Attendance (community support)
  •  Facilities/Training/Uniforms

There will be three rounds of voting:

Round Dates:

State: Nov. 10 – Nov. 19

Regional: Nov. 20 – Dec. 1

National: Dec. 2 – Dec. 10

State Round – Begins at 12 p.m. (ET) Nov. 10, 2014 and ends at 2 p.m. (ET) Nov. 19.  At the end of the first round, the 51 schools with the most votes in each state will advance to the Regional Voting, along with the top five schools that received the highest number of votes, but did not win their region. A total of 56 schools advance to the regional round.

Regional Round – Begins at 12 p.m. (ET) Nov. 20, 2014 and ends at 2 p.m. (ET) Dec. 1. The schools that receive the highest number of eligible votes from each region (one per region) will advance to the final round. The next two highest vote getters (no matter what region) will receive a wild card, and advance to the final round. Ten total schools will advance to the final round. 

Final Round - Begins at 12 p.m. (ET) Dec. 2, 2014 and ends at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) Dec. 10. The school that receives the highest number of eligible votes from the final voting round will be the winner.


First Place: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $1,000 and a banner

Second Place: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $500 and a banner

Third Place: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $250 and a banner

About the “Best Of” Contest Series:
More than 2,000 schools have been involved in at least one of the America's Best contests, with past champions hailing from Missouri, Vermont, Illinois (three times), Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Kansas.